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Kiwon Lee, MD

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Joint Faculty | Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery

Chief of Neurology Services, Director of Comprehensive Stroke Center and Neuro Intensive Care Unit


Professor Kiwon Lee, MD, FACP, FAHA, FCCM is an internationally renowned academic neuro-intensivist and vascular neurologist. A graduate of Columbia University, he received formal training in stroke, neurological and neurosurgical critical care from Harvard Medical School – Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He joined Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia in 2005 and served as the Director of Neuro-Intensive Care Unit and Program Director of the Neuro-Critical Care Fellowship training. He then served as faculty neurointensivist at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons from 2007 to 2012, and trained generations of neurology and neurosurgery residents and fellows. From 2012 to 2017, he became vice-chair of neurosurgery for critical care and division chief of neurocritical care at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and developed the neuroscience and neurotrauma intensive care program as one of the largest programs in the country. Since July 2017, Dr. Lee has been recruited and appointed as Professor of Neurology at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Chief of Neurology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Dr. Lee also serves as the director of RWJ comprehensive stroke center, division chief of stroke and critical care, and director of neuroscience intensive care unit. Dr. Lee holds a joint academic appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery as a Full Professor of Neurosurgery and trains all neurosurgeons in training.

He is the editor-in-chief of a formal textbook that is being used worldwide, the Neuro-ICU Book, and has more than 230 peer-reviewed abstract articles, book chapters, and original clinical research publications.


Research areas:

His research focuses on acute interventional stroke therapies and advanced treatment of delayed ischemic neurological deficits after subarachnoid hemorrhages. He has been actively involved in hemostasis research as well as advanced cardiac output monitoring research for severe brain injury patients. He has multiple clinical research projects in the area of acute ischemic stroke, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, severe traumatic brain, and spine injuries as well as multimodality neurocritical care monitoring for life-threatening neurological emergencies.


Publication Highlights:

Meier K, Saenz DM, Torres GL, Cai C, Rhbar MH, McDonad M, Fraser S, Espino E, Choi HA, Edwards NJ, Lee K, Grotta JC, Chang TR. Thromboeslastography Suggests Hypercoagulability in Patients with Renal Dysfunction and Intracerebral Hemorrhage. J Stroke Cerebrovas Dis. 2018 May;27(5):1350-1356.

Al-Mufti F, Lander M, Smith B, Morris NA, Nuoman R, Gupta R, Lissauer ME, Gupta G, Lee K. Multimodality Monitoring in Neurocritical Care: Decision-Making Utilizing Direct And Indirect Surrogate Markers. J. Intensive Care Med. 2018 Sep 11:885066618788022. doi: 10.1177/0885066618788022.

Ravishankar N, Nuoman R, Amuluru K, El-Ghanem M, Thulasi V, Dangayach NS, Lee K, Al-Mufti F. Management Strategies for Intracranial Pressure Crises in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. J Intensive Care Med. 2018 Dec 6:885066618813073. doi: 10.1177/0885066618813073.